Fri, Jan 04, 2019 - Page 15 News List

Royals, 3D and public domain works most anticipated in 2019
二○一九最期待的事: 皇室、3D、公共財上榜

Japanese Emperor Akihito, accompanied by Empress Michiko, waves to more than 80,000 people celebrating the emperor’s 85th birthday in Tokyo on Dec. 23 last year.

Photo: AP

To welcome the new year, CNN aired a report titled “19 things to look forward to in 2019” last month, introducing some highly-anticipated “bright spots” of the new year — such as 3D-printing in everything, two solar eclipses, the FIFA Women’s World Cup in France, a Disney dominance at the movies, and the opening of new Star Wars-themed lands.

Meanwhile, another royal baby will make his or her debut, as Prince Harry and his wife Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, are expecting their first child in spring. On April 30, the 85-year-old Japanese Emperor Akihito is set to formally step down from the throne, becoming the first Japanese emperor to abdicate in over 200 years.

Moreover, hundreds of thousands of works of art, literature, film and music from 1923 all entered the US public domain on New Year’s Day when their copyrights expired. It was the biggest entry in two decades since the US extended the term of all existing copyrights by 20 years from a 75- to a 95-year term in 1998.

(Eddy Chang, Taipei Times)






1. anticipate v. 期待

(qi2 dai4)

2. emperor n. 天皇、皇帝

(tian1 huang2, huang2 di4)

3. abdicate v. 退位、放棄

(tui4 wei4, fang4 qi4)

4. public domain phr. 公共領域

(gong1 gong4 ling3 yu4)

5. copyright n. 版權

(ban3 quan2)

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